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The H. H. Uhlig Corrosion Lab investigates the causes of failure in materials and the prevention of failure in materials, with an emphasis on nuclear materials.

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This is an SEM image of a tungsten reflector tile from MIT's Alcator fusion experiment (1,000x). These tiles are exposed to plasma at millions of degrees. This one suffered a crack, and then the surface melted. The molten tungsten crept into the crack and resolidified. Secondary cracks caused by thermal expansion can be seen throughout the image.

Photo credit: Mike Short, Rui Vieira

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Prof. Ron Ballinger
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H. H. Uhlig - Our Founder
Hobbs
Prof. Linn Hobbs

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